Today is a big day.
50 years since the final enactment of the Civil Rights Act. Fifty years since Lydon Johnson signed the bill into law. Fifty years since the federal government drew a line in the sand—some stuff isn’t OK any more. Your viewpoint is your own, but keep it out of the public realm–work, education, housing, medical treatment, government services, banks and retail. As a starting point. I can’t imagine what that would be like, living in a place where so many people were written down from before birth, not even given a shot at a decent education or a chance to get a living wage job. I always wonder what purpose anyone thought that served. I’m glad I don’t understand.
100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie triggered chaos and reprisals in the Balkans. By the end of the month, the Austro-Hungarian Empire would declare war, triggering a conflict that would kill over 15 million people.
151 years since the height of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1-3. The tide turned. And a World even further away and more inexplicable took another Big Step towards it’s End.
200 years since the capture of Fort Erie and the Battle of the Chippawa would trigger peace negotiations and effectively end the War of 1812. The War would continue another eight months, but American military success during the Niagara Campaign in Upstate New York and Canada would decisively begin the end of the British claim to the United States. No more King.
238 years since the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Britain. It would take another two days to draft a statement and vote to ratify it, but the concept was approved in principle a few days earlier.
So much in a day. I think the Information Age and technology give us the impression that we have a better grasp, better tools to understand our World. Something about the pace and volume of information that is thrown at us, I think it is easy, at least it is for me, to get wrapped up in the contemporary. I feel more grounded in the Moment, but lost on the Timeline. Time is relegated to a 3 inch in the Lifestyle Section of the newspaper.
To remembering our Past, and Building a better Future.